Have you ever felt emotionally reactive and seconds after entering into a room (full of a pleasant smell), your emotions change?
You can become relaxed, lovelier or depending of the smell could have risen your reactivity level.
Well, there is an explanation for that.
Essential oils are responsible for this to happen. They have been around for over 6,000 years in Egypt, Greece, China, India and the Roman
Empire and are even mentioned in the Bible.
There is research and thousands of studies accessible at the scientific data based of the US National Library of Medicine regards the health benefits of essential oils, there are medicines that include them within the list of some of their ingredients.
The Mayo Clinic and National Cancer Institute recommend their use.
Always remember (disregard the temptation of transitioning to a holistic treatment) that the only person authorized to provide medical clearance is your Physician, moreover if you are currently undergoing any treatment it is responsible to address your concerns to your doctor, in order to prevent discrepancies that might delay the progress of any current treatment.
There are essential oils, (many) compatible with regular medicine, again consult your physician before getting creative.
It is how essential oils are provided as complementary healing support.
Essential Oils: are concentrated fragrant extracts abstracted from the root, leaves, seeds, or flowers of plants considered for medicinal purposes.
Therefore contain natural healing properties, also offer a mild but effective way to nourish your skin (when topically applied) with beneficial properties that preserve its youthful glow and appearance.
Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cypress, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon and Orange are part of the anti-aging/beauty list.
Probably cheaper than spending more than hundreds on a small cream tube.
In fact, if you were to examine the labels of some of the skin and hair care products you purchased in the market, you will find that it includes essential oils as some of the ingredients.
Therefore, their ability to protect or promote better health for your skin and health is widely recognized. There are 2 common properties found in various essential oils responsible for this anti-aging action:
astringent and antibacterial properties.
They work by fighting free radicals that result in various forms of infection or skin disorders and by eliminating the root of the problem, the enhancing properties of the oil take over and provide natural skin care treatment.
In combination with using oils, you also need to observe proper means of caring for your skin to avoid damage such as a regular cleaning and detox regiment in order to prevent unnecessary loss of structural protein tissue such as collagen and clogged pores that might cause acne or break outs.
Dō Terra, is a brand known for representing the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today for their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). Also in addition to their CPTG label, below are just a few reasons that sustain their worldwide recognized distribution.
• They established a philanthropic effort to bring healing and hope to the world throughout The dóTerra Healing Hands Foundation.
• They provide the highest quality essential oils while economically empowering artisans and communities where essential oils are sourced.
If you want to make a safe turn to aromatherapy is important to be advised that Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade means that you will have an essential oil that does not contain filters or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities and are free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
Hence, will be safe to be used internally by oral consumption for the following reasons:
• Organoleptic testing
• Mass Spectrometry
• Gas Chromatography
• Microbial testing
• Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
• Chirality testing
• Isotopic analysis
• Heavy metal testing
Not all essential oils announced with CPTG are crossed tested using Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography (ensuring purity and composition potency of each batch) like this brand carefully does.
Selection of correct plant species and plant parts harvested at the perfect moment when their essential oil compounds are most concentrated, is required for a quality therapeutic- grade essential oil extract
There are two main groups of essential oil constituents that define the chemistry of essential oil.
They are hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds.
These are further subdivided into sub-groups that are listed below.
are present in almost all essential oils. According to The Reference Guide to Essential Oils, their action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins.
Monoterpenes also enhance the therapeutic values of other components and are the balancing portion of the oil.
They restore the correct information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes and pheonlics have done their job.
They all contain the functional group C10H16.
Grapefruit, Orange, and Balsam Fir contain high amounts of monoterpenes.
Sesquiterpenes – Delete bad information in cellular memory and are present in almost all essential oils.
The chemistry of essential oils tells us that they are the largest group of terpenes known naturally in the plant and animal kingdom!
They are larger than monoterpenes and are very viscous (less volatile) so they are often used as fixatives in the perfume industry.
Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.
Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Myrrh contain high amounts of sesquiterpenes
Phenolics – stimulate the nervous and immune systems. Also clean receptor sites of cells so sesquiterpenes can delete faulty information from the cell.
They have antioxidant properties and a high level of oxygenating molecules.
Wintergreen, Clove and Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree have large amounts of phenolics).
In order to address how an essential oil can accelerate a healing status to any part of our brain, is helpful to mention the above 3 compounds and how the work.
When we inhale an essential oil, the odor molecules travel up the nose. Once they become registered by the nerves of the olfatory membranes in the lining nasal area, the odor molecules stimulate the nerves cells and trigger electrical impulses to the olfatory bulb in the brain. Then the olfatory bulb starts transmitting impulses to the amygdala where our emotional memories are stored (fears, anxiety or emtional trauma such as Post Traunatic Stress Disorder) as an example. Also transmitting impulses communicate with other parts of our limbic system.
Keeping into perspective that our brain’s limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, stress levels and hormone balance, should not take us by surprise that they have a physiological and psychological effect in our system as soon as we have contact with their smell or fragance.
There are studies that olfatory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neuro-chemicals that alters the body’s physiology and behavior.
The limbic lobe is a group of brain structures situated directly below the cerebral cortex of the brain and includes the hippocampus and the amygdala.
It’s capable of directly activating the hypothalamus – often referred to as the “master gland.”
This gland is one of the most important parts of the brain and acts as the hormonal control center.
The hypothalamus releases hormones that can affect everything from sex drive to energy levels.
The production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, are all governed by the hypothalamus.
Because of their fragrance and unique molecular structure, essential oils can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus.
Inhalation of essential oils can be used to alleviate stress and emotional trauma.
It can also be used to stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus.
This stimulation may increase production of thyroid hormones (our energy hormone) and growth hormones (our youth and longevity hormone).
Being this explained you might understand why sometimes we link even childhood memories to certain smells as adults.
“Smell is a potent wizard that transport you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived”-Helen Keller
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.
Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.